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The biannual epic that is the Raoger Albert Clark Rally saw a superb event with twists and turns throughout. Just over a week before it started 2019 winner Marty McCormack withdrew due to business commitments. On the opening stage Jason Pritchard & Phil Clarke (Escort MkII) were joint fastest, with Paul Barrett & Gordon Noble (Escort MkII), before going fastest on stage 2. They then held the lead through the opening night and the crazy Friday in Kielder, which saw Storm Arwen play havoc with the event. Several crews, many marshals and some fans were all left trapped by fallen trees and frozen conditions. Those that did get back to their digs also had the variable of power cuts which would take over a week to fully resolve. Read More »

The final round of the MRF Tyres BTRDA Championship saw Garry Pearson & Niall Burns (Fabia R5) confirm their 3rd championship title of 2021. They came home 3rd just edging out Ian Bainbridge & Will Atkins (Fabia R5) for the final podium place. At the front it was a battle between Elliott Payne & Patrick Walsh (Fiesta Rally2) and Callum Black & Tom Woodburn (Fiesta R5). Payne took the honours through Myherin to establish an early lead, which he did not lose for the rest of the event. The time ebbed and flowed but he ended up taking his first overall rally win by just 10s from Black. Read More »

It was crunch time in both the BRC and BTRDA championships and the Cambrian could prove decisive. Osian Pryce & Noel O’Sullivan (Polo R5) were out of the blocks fast, taking the battle to local crew Matt Edwards & Darren Garrod (Polo R5). It proved to be a good tactic as on stage 4 Edwards went off and recovered with a damaged car that he woiuld have to limp through to the finish. Pryce took maximum points and the victory by over a minute. Garry Pearson & Niall Burns (Fabia R5) were 2nd, taking the National section of the rally, with Callum Black & Jack Morton (Fiesta R5) completing the podium. Read More »

With the title going down the wire it was Jason Pritchard & Phil Clarke (Focus WRC) who came up victorious, taking a 3rd consecutive Protyre Asphalt Rally title. They had a big scare with an off on the 3rd stage of the first loop of stages, but once their main opposition, Mark Kelly & Neil Colman (Fiesta R5) retired after stage 6, then they just had to bring it home. Frank Bird & Jack Morton (Fiesta Rally2) took a dominant win by 31s from Gordon Morrison & Hannah Davison (Fiesta R5). Pritchard came home 3rd to take the title just ahead of Neil Roskell & John Cope (Fiesta R5) in 4th, with John Stone & Tom Woodburn (Polo R5) rounding out the top 5. Read More »

Garry Pearson & Niall Burns (Fabia R5) kept their great 2021 going by wrapping up the Scottish Rally Championship with a comfortable victory on the Carlisle Stages. The final winning margin was over a minute from Stephen Petch & Michael Wilkinson (Fiesta WRC) with Scott Beattie & Paula Swinscoe (Evo VIII) cokmpleting the podium. Meanwhile there was the Historic Rally Championship up for grabs too and it was Ben Friend & Cliff Simmons (Escort MkII) who took the title with 2nd in the Historics, in 12th overall. David Condell & Paul Kelly (Escort MkII) took the Historic class win. Read More »

The Pokerstars Rally was nothing short of utter domination by Jason Pritchard & Phil Clarke (Focus WRC) as the pair set fastest time on every stage completed and took victory by over 5 minutes. Mark Kelly & Neil Colman (Fiesta R5) were a fine 2nd overall, after a challenging event which saw two stages cancelled and another with most of the crews getting notional times, on the opening night. Completing the podium were Damian Toner & Denver Rafferty (Escort MkII) who were 16.4s ahead of local crew Steve Colley & Kirsty Duke (Evo IX). Rounding out the top 5 were John Stone & Tom Woodburn on their first event in their Polo R5. Read More »

After retirement on the previous BRC round, Matt Edwards & Darren Garrod (Polo R5) struck back in the finest way, setting fastest time on all but one stage and leading from start to finish on the 2021 Trackrod Rally Yorkshire. Osian Pryce & Noel O’Sullivan (Polo R5) consolidated their BRC championship lead with 2nd overall. They took it by 0.8s from Matthew Wilson & Stuart Loudon (Fiesta Rally2) who had an overshoot on the final stage, in Dalby, although this balanced out with Pryce dropping time on the same stage, ran on the Friday night as stage 1. William Creighton & Liam Regan (Fiesta Rally4) were the class of the 2WD field, taking victory by over 1m 20s. Read More »

The 2nd running of the Three Shires Stages saw a grandstand finish as Meirion Evans & Jonathan Jackson (Polo R5) took victory by 4s, following a stunning time through the final stage. They had been 4s behind Ollie Mellors & Max Freeman (Iriz R5) going in to that final stage but 7 fastest stage times, plus 2 joint fastest stage times, saw the Welsh crew take the win they gave up on stage 2, to Mellors. The final step on the podium saw an even tighter battle as Melvyn Evans & Mark Glennerster (Fabia R5) took 3rd on countback, after finishing equal with Mark Kelly & Neil Colman (Fiesta R5). 5th place went Robert Swann & Darren Garrod (Impreza WRC) with the time gaps growing down the rest of the top ten. The first 2WD crew home were James Ford & Matthew Daniels (Escort MkII) in 10th place overall. Read More »

It was a dominant win for Garry Pearson & Niall Burns (Fabia R5) on the Radnor based Woodpecker as they set fastest time on every stage, being 1 of 3 crews to beat the bogey time on the final stage. George Lepley & Tom Woodburn (Evo X) were almost a minute back in 2nd place with Ian Bainbridge & Will Atkins (Fabia R5) completing the podium 17s further back. Paul Barrett & Gordon Noble were the 1st 2WD crew home in 10th overall, with Ben Friend & Cliffy Simmons 2nd (12th overall) and Simon Webster & Jez Rogers (16th overall) completing the 2WD podium, an all Escort MkII affair. Read More »

Running without the presence of spectators, on a sunbathed August Bank Holiday weekend, Melvyn Evans & Mark Glennerster (Fabia R5) dominated the event setting 6 fastest stage times out of 9 stages run. They finished 26s ahead of Jason Pritchard & Phil Clarke (Focus WRC), who took the other 3 fastest stage times. A distant 3rd were Damian Cole & Dale Bowen (Fabia R5) with Darren Atkinson Phil Sandham (Escort MkII) the first 2WD crew home in 7th overall. Read More »